- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Virginia man was jailed in South Carolina this week after he repeatedly hurled racial slurs at a black local news reporter who confronted him on camera.

Brian Eybers, 21, of Arlington, is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center with a Friday court date on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of a crack pipe, police said, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

Steve Crump, a veteran WBTV reporter, said he had just finished up an assignment about Hurricane Matthew in Charleston when he noticed a man on the street recording him with an iPad.

“He was doing commentary of the neighborhood,” Mr. Crump said. “Then he starts off saying, ‘There’s a black guy walking around here, no he’s a slave, no he’s the N-word.’ “

Mr. Crump, 59, the great-great grandson of Kentucky slaves who won three regional Emmys for documentaries on civil rights, confronted the man with his cameraman in tow, The Observer reported.

“I went from zero to 60 like that,” Mr. Crump said.

In the video, Mr. Crump is heard asking the man to spell the word he was just called.

“N as in Nancy, I as in indigo, G as in grant, another G as in grant, E as in Edward, and R as in Roger,” Mr. Eybers said.

Asked what gave him the right to call Mr. Crump that, Mr. Eybers responded, “The Constitution of the United States does.”

As Mr. Crump and WBTV photographer Devin Futrelle tried to leave, Mr. Eybers stood in front of the news van, blocking it from leaving. Mr. Crump called police, who arrived and arrested Mr. Eybers, The Observer reported.

Mr. Crump said that in all his years of covering civil rights and documenting the Ku Klux Klan, he’s never been harassed as badly as he was by Mr. Eybers.

“None of them have ever called me the N-word,” he told The Observer. “We may not see eye-to-eye on racial issues, but not a single Klansman I’ve interviewed in 35 years of doing this stuff has stooped to this level of vulgarity.”

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg apologized to Mr. Crump on behalf of the city when the altercation occurred earlier this month, The Observer reported.

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